Adding a garden pond to your yard can benefit you
in more ways than one. In our yard we have a lot of
low lying water that has no where to go. This is when I decided, "lets
dig a pond."
A pond would also be neat for fishing in the summer
and ice skating in the winter if you live in the northern states.
After looking on Pintrest I realized there are many different ways to
make a pond! We have a lot of creative people in this world.
There are many benefits to having a pond in your yard.
Below I have attached a few images of ponds that I found on
Pintrest and wanted to share.
Looking at all the DIY creative garden paths on our Facebook
page has inspired me to give it a try.
I have seen many beautiful DIY walk ways made out of
a collection of rocks, broken concrete, marbles, and
more! My first step is to start collecting my creative materials.
With a little searching I have found directions on how to put
in my own garden path. I also watch a lot of DIY network.
They are always tearing up back yards and laying walk ways.
I have been on Craigs List a lot! If you go under the free
section you might get lucky. I see a lot of free broken up concrete.
The trick to this is you want one side to be flat so that it is easy to lay.
I have also thought about using the following:
golf balls, river rocks, glass bottle
bottoms (bottoms facing up and tops cemented down
(be very careful not to cut yourself!)), sliced treated tree stumps, or old plates.
The list is just my thoughts as well as some of the ideas I came across on Facebook and Pintrest.
Making your own DIY garden path can be really fun!
Get your kids involved and have them help you.
The idea is to get creative and make it personal.
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I am always loosing my tools in the yard and around the
house depending on the craft I am into. With a little searching
I have found a few ideas on how to make your own garden
apron. I really like the idea of making my own so that I can
personalize it the way I like. I can add extra pockets and
most important I can pick my fabric. The type of fabric
you choose can really express who you are and make it your
personal apron or for the men it can be a man belt.
You will need:
Heavy fabric: You can get creative and pick different
patterns for the pockets. The back can be plain unless
you want it to be reversable.
I have seen other aprons made out of an old pair of jeans.
If you choose to use jeans then most of your pockets
are done for you.
Below is an estimate of the cuts of fabric you will need.
This is for a size Large in womans. If you are making one
for the man in your life you may need to add more fabric for each piece.
I found the images above on google images. I thought these were neat examples of DIY garden aprons as well.
1. face your front piece and back piece towards each other.
you will be sewind the two short ends together as well as the bottom.
leave 1 1/2 ince of te side fabric unstiched and open.
You will be ataching the apron strings between these
open pieces before sewing them up.
2. you have a few choices for the pockets. If you are
looking for a rustic look you can pin the fabric down for
the pockets without tucking in the deges first. you will
sew them on in the desired spot leaving 1/2 inch all the
way around. Once you wash the apron the outer edges
of the pockets will frey and give you a rustic looking garden
apron. The 2nd choice is to fold the edges in and press with
the iron to get them to lay smooth. Next you will pin in place and sew.
3. waist band
note for later: (This can be trickey to flip once done. If
you sew a string to one end of the fabric as long as the
apron string you can easily pull the string to turn the
fabric inside right. If you don't use the string it will just
take a little longer to turn it inside right.)
You are going to fold the waist band/apron string over hot
dog style. The nice side that you want to see later will be
folded in. Next you need to pin the long open end together
iron if needed and then sew it all the way across and sew
up one end. ( If you used the string idea you will want to
sew up the end with the string attached). once done you
will want to Turn the long piece inside right. This is where
you can use the string to pull it through. Once it is fliped
you can cut the string off.
4. Attach waist band
Now you can attach the band to the open flaps of the
main apron. You will want to measure to make sure you
leave an even amount on both sides to tie. Fold the open
part over and sink the apron band between the two
folded open pieces of fabric. Once in place pin down, iron and sew up.
5. You will want to tuck and sew the open end of the apron as well.
Now it is time to enjoy your personal garden apron.